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Working in the garden...
gives me a profound
feeling of inner peace.
Ruth Stout 1884 - 1980
American author, gardener

Gardening is cheaper
than therapy
and you get tomatoes.
Gardens are a form of autobiography.
Sydney Eddison,
Horticulture magazine,
August/September 1993
Still round the corner
there may wait
a new road
or a secret gate
J.R.R. Tolkien

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History of the West End Neighbors Garden Tours

12th Annual West End Neighbors Garden Tour

Centuries of history

The neighborhoods between the Mississippi River and West 7th Street, from Jefferson Avenue to the Confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and Fort Snelling

The great water falls filled the gorges--well before natives and Fort Snelling as illustrated for perspective. Stuart Loughridge’s water color interpretation is based on the Henry Lewis chromolithograph.

confluence of Mississippi and Minnesota rivers

The gorge filled with the waters to the top of their bluffs, and a great water falls was created at downtown St. Paul. Powerful erosion forced the falls to retreat over 7,800 years back through the West End.

12 yards and gardens

This year, the twelfth (!) West End Neighbors’ Garden Tour celebrates neighborhoods between the Mississippi River and West Seventh Street from Jefferson Avenue out to Fort Snelling—at times known as the Big Woods, Peasant Valley, the Gran Marain. It’s a plateau, a terrace, a valley between the bluffs of the Mississippi River. and West 7th Street. Its farms date from the 1850s, yielding beautiful yards and gardens, as well as many commercial landmarks.

Pictured: the endangered Western Prairie Fringed Orchid.

Annual plant sale!

indoor and outdoor
vegetable and flowering
perennial and annual

West 7th Federation:
974 7th Street West

plant sale

Historical digital scavenger hunt! NEW!

First prize: $100; Second prize: $50 gift certificate to the Parlour;
Third prize: $25 gift certificate to Leitner’s Garden Center

To help us celebrate our 12th annual tour, we are challenging amateur historians to go on a digital scavenger hunt of historic sites in West Seventh Street, St. Paul neighborhoods. Here are the rules:

On an 8.5 x 11 inch paper, PRINT your name,
home email address or phone number

Search for historic sites along West Seventh Street!

From these two options, list FIVE historic sites that you find with a short description for each, and/or include a “thumbnail” image

If under age 18, have a parent, guardian or teacher sign your entry.

Bring your 8.5 X 11-inch entry paper to the Fort Road Federation, 974 West Seventh Street, on Saturday, June 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The drawing for prizes will take place at 2:30 p.m. that day.

Notifications the week following.